Can Revoult card be used to rent a car (as credit card)?


#1

Hello
I need to rent a car during my hols but i don’t have credit card. Would i be able to use the Revolut card or does it work purely as debit card?

Thank you

Giulia


#2

That mostly depends on the requirements of the rental company. The card itself is a debit card (assuming you have the standard MasterCard) but can be charged like a credit card (attention, the company might block an amount on your card).

It comes down to what their system requires. If they need an actual credit card you wont be able to use it.


#3

Just tried doing a reservation for a car in the US (through budget.com), they apparently only accepted credit cards :laughing:
I tried using my revolut card, I ended up with a “ghost” reservation (money blocked, but reservation not done) – Thanks god their support managed to revert it pretty quickly.

I’ll use my regular bank’s card for now, seemed to work.


#4

Most rental companies require credit cards, so they can block the deposit.


#5

What if I need a credit card? Is there any way to use Revolut as a credit card? Does it make a difference if I have a Premium account?


#6

No - premium makes no difference.
You need a credit card.


#7

I’ve paid successfully with a Revolut card online for Budget.com rental price. Now I’m worried would I be able to block security deposit on it.

Previously I have rented cars with just debit card and it would work just fine. Hope it will be same way next time.

Anybody had a practical experience with Revolut and preferably Budget.com?


#8

When doing it online I had this ghost reservation problem, so I didn’t want to try again with :r: , maybe it works fine and I got unlucky. They say it happens rarely.

When I picked up the car, they refused my Revolut card and my TransferWise card. I had to use my regular debit card (not prepaid) from a high street bank. (although TW is also not a prepaid card either…)
That was only for the security deposit. When giving back the car, if you mention you want to use another card, you can in fact pay everything with your Revolut card. :+1:


#9

Back in 2015 my Revolut card was accepted as security deposit by Hertz in a Australian. There was no charge put on the card. I am not sure what would have happened if I had had an accident as there wasn’t enough money on the card to pay the excess!
I suspect that this loop hole has been closed by now, but there is no harm in handing over your Revolut card and finding out I suppose.


#10

UPD after renting car from Budget:

  • paying with Revolut for rental, online or at office is no problem;
  • using Revolut card to block deposit failed as they see that it’s a prepayed card. Not accepted.
    I managed to use my debit card from a bigger Czech bank, visa gold, didn’t fail me yet :slight_smile: